If you are a marathon runner, cyclist, or participate in high-level team sports, you’re probably constantly on the look-out for products to enhance your performance. With high-profile athletes like MMA fighter Nate Diaz and the Napa triathlete Andrew Talanksy recommending CBD for athletes, you might be wondering if this health supplement could be right for you.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of approximately 100 naturally occurring substances found in the cannabis plant, along with the well-known “high-inducing” chemical THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). However, although the full spectrum of chemicals in the marijuana plant may combine to have psychoactive effects, CBD by itself will not make you “high” and is currently legal to sell and possess in the United States.
At Kratora, the CBD oil for athletes that we sell contains a hemp-based CBD isolate, meaning that none of the other chemicals present in the whole plant (such as THC) are present. We then mix this isolate with a carrier oil for ease of use. As a substance that has not been approved by the FDA, CBD for athletes cannot legally be sold with the promise of preventing, treating, or curing any disease. However, preliminary studies do indicate that this substance has a range of beneficial properties for supporting health throughout the body.
Peak Performance and the Endocannabinoid System
Before we jump into the possible benefits of CBD for athletes, it’s important to understand how the body’s endocannabinoid system interacts with physical training and performance. Located in every part of the body, endocannabinoid molecules (the body’s own cannabinoids) work to regulate every physical function and maintain homeostasis, including the:
- Immune system
- Circulatory system
- Respiratory system
- Metabolic system
- Digestive system
- Nervous system
- Endocrine system
- Reproductive system
How Systemic Regulation Supports Training
So how does that connect CBD oil to athletes?
Healthy circulatory and respiratory systems are essential for allowing athletes to oxygenate their muscles and push the limits of speed, strength, and agility. A healthy nervous system is important for remaining calm and clear-headed during the heat of competition. A healthy immune system is necessary for avoiding days off the field or track due to sickness and fatigue. A healthy digestive system enables an athlete’s body to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from their diet to fuel the high demands of intense physical training.
It follows, then, that rather than being a “magic pill” to make you run faster or lift twice the amount of weight overnight, CBD for athletes helps your body’s systems function at their peak so that the time you spend training is more effective.
These are some of the ways in which CBD oil for athletes is currently used:
Reducing Chronic Pain and Inflammation
When you spend hours every day pushing yourself to the limit, inflammation is an unavoidable result. Add to this the likelihood of injuries in contact sports, and you have a recipe for ongoing pain and discomfort.
Those who recommend CBD for athletes believe that the product aids with recovery and can reduce or eliminate twinges and creaks from old injuries after a few weeks of daily CBD-oil administration. As studies support the use of CBD for reducing chronic pain and inflammation, this product can offer an attractive alternative to ibuprofen and NSAIDS for athletes who would prefer to relieve their discomfort as naturally as possible.
Reducing Performance-Related Anxiety
Anyone who has played team sports knows just how important psychology is for performing at your best in a competitive situation. Fear, distractions, and uncertainty can cause you to lose focus at a key moment and miss the shot that could have been a game-changer.
While CBD for athletes has not been studied in relation to performance anxiety specifically, other studies have shown that CBD could help reduce anxiety in general, due to its ability to act on the central nervous system (CNS). By keeping your nerves calm and your wits about you, CBD for social and everyday anxiety or stress can help you think more clearly in those pivotal moments and focus on making strategic decisions.
Promoting Healthier Sleep Cycles
The third way that CBD oil for athletes may help to support your training is by promoting healthier sleep cycles so you feel more rested and refreshed. To date, studies indicate that cannabidiol may promote better sleep in most people by calming the central nervous system and reducing anxiety.
While the link between CBD for athletes and sleep is not entirely conclusive, anecdotal reports indicate that taking CBD before bedtime could help you to wake up feeling much more rested—without necessarily increasing the length of time you are asleep. For athletes that have a lot to fit into each day, getting more rest in the same amount of time would be a huge advantage!
Is CBD for Athletes Legal?
With the regular drug tests and strict anti-doping laws present in most sports, those considering CBD oil for athletes might be concerned about the legal implications. The good news is that you don’t need to worry—as long as you take CBD for athletes that contains a CBD isolate and not a full-spectrum CBD oil that might also contain THC.
Thanks to the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, sterile products derived from industrial hemp are legal to sell and possess throughout the country—and that includes hemp-derived CBD oil. The World Anti-Doping Agency and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency also permit the use of cannabidiol. However, THC and marijuana are listed as Schedule I drugs on the FDA’s list and evidence of having ingested THC could result in sanctions at the state and club level.
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When and How to Take CBD for Athletes
If you’re interested in taking CBD for athletes, there are a number of options available. The most common delivery methods include CBD edibles and CBD oils for sale though there are also topically applicable products such as CBD creams and CBD gels, too.
Buy 100% THC-Free CBD Oil for Athletes at Kratora
With advances in extraction technology over the last few years, Kratora has found a way to produce CBD for athletes that contains absolutely no THC — all of our CBD products are 100% THC-free. To make our CBD oil even more attractive and easier to use, we’ve created eight different flavors including the delicious flavors of Chocolate Sundae and Paradise Punch.
Ready to try CBD for your own athletic experience? Shop with us today to receive same-day shipping on orders submitted before 3 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturdays (excluding holidays).
The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.
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